Originally Posted by MIEventer
I have seen Dressage Enthusiasts use SMB's when doing flat work.
There is a GP Jumper here from Germany who runs a large and expensive fascillity in the area and he turns his GP German Warmblood's out with SMB's.
I see quite a few Hunter/Jumpers using them at another barn when doing flat work/jumping during their lessons.
Many endurance enthusiasts use them and western gamers and reiners and the list goes on....
SMB's don't offer that much support. Many studdies have been done on them and they are proven to absorb shock - which is great because our horses joints take allot of that when in use - but the support is not much greater than what you would find with Woof Boots or Dressage Sport Boots.
Where other boots do not absorb shock, where SMB's do - that's why I like using SMB's.
I am not saying yes or no - the choice is yours. But there are allot of myths out there about the boots as well that aren't factual.
I love my SMB's, but I only use them when I am jumping - but again, the choice is yours.
I want to prevent and preserve injuries with my Boo's legs, that's why I use them.
Thanks for the info. I was essentially trying to not start a massive attack of people telling me NOT to use them on the flat, because I've seen that happen on here before, lol. Just wanted to cover all the bases, ha ha.
So, do you think the amount of shock absorbance would be good for an arthiritc horse? I was thinking of only using them for long trail rides, where the terrain can be difficult at times, or extensive flat work (which we probably won't be doing) - and leaving them off for our usual workouts.
Do the boots mainly offer shock absorbance to the cannons, and the tendons/muscles there, or would they be beneficial to her knees as well?
Sorry for all the questions, I have never used any sort of boot before on my horses, and I want to do right by my girl - I don't want to slap something on her that would potentially offer no help to her. You know?